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What’s Better for Replacing Teeth; Dentures or Dental implants?

October 1, 2022
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Posted By: Jeffrey J Tibbs. DDS, PA
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Aging can come with many benefits that can improve your quality of life. Special car insurance rates, AARP membership, and senior discounts. But of all the great things about getting older, complete tooth loss is not among them, even though it's prevalent. Studies show that 13% of Americans aged over 65 have lost all their teeth, with that number doubling over the next ten years. By 75, one in four have no remaining natural teeth.

The good news is that you don't have to live with tooth loss, considering the multitude of replacement options offered by the Jeffrey J Tibbs, DDS, PA team. But if you want the best choice for your smile, we recommend learning about dental implants and how they compare and even improve complete dentures.

What Is a Dental Implant?

The central part of a dental implant is its titanium artificial root that we surgically place in your jawbone. This anchoring method makes dental implants durable and flexible.

When you get a dental implant, the artificial root heals into the surrounding bone tissue and grows to give it the strength of a natural tooth. Then when healing is complete, we connect a small adapter piece called an abutment. The abutment is customized to the type of final restoration. For example, if you finish your dental implant with a crown, if you've lost a single tooth.

Conventional Dentures Made Just for Your Smile

Conventional (or traditional) dentures are a tooth replacement option that rests on your gums, securing itself either through the suction created by the denture plate or by the bony ridge of your gum tissue. This denture plate is made from resins that we blend with your gums. Then, we connect artificial teeth to this base to mimic your natural smile in look and function.

Implant-Supported Dentures for the Best of Both Worlds

If you'd like the complete restorative function of dentures combined with the stability of dental implants, Dr. Tibbs can provide implant-supported dentures. In this process, your artificial roots are implanted strategically along your jawline and allowed to heal. Then, we create your dentures with connectors that line up with the dental implants and secure them into place.

This option creates a denture that resists slipping, performs almost as well as natural teeth, and offers unparalleled comfort. The implant's artificial roots also help stimulate bone regeneration in your jaw, which dentures cannot provide.

Dentures and Dental Implants in Winston-Salem, NC

If you are interested in learning more about how dental implants, dentures, and especially implant-supported dentures can replace your teeth, our experienced dental team is ready to restore your smile. We encourage you to take the first step by calling our dental office today.

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